If the GOP doesn't capitalize on this news by incessantly demanding waivers for everyone (or full repeal), I have to conclude that the Republican party likes ObamaCare more than it is willing to admit:
A week after Republicans announced plans to investigate waivers granted to organizations for healthcare reform provisions, President Obama’s health department made public new waivers for more than 500 groups...As of last week, HHS had granted waivers to 222 organizations covering 1.5 million individuals. Though the number of groups receiving waivers has now more than tripled, the number of individuals covered by the waivers increased just 600,000 to 2.1 million.The law gives HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the flexibility to grant waivers to avoid disruption in the insurance market, but Republicans say the waivers are either gifts to Democratic allies or proof that the reform law isn’t working. However, a large number of businesses, in addition to unions, have received waivers.
As of today, a total of 733 waivers have been granted for 2011. Paging Mitch McConnell; report to the Tea Party, STAT.
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